From Kokomo to Kenmore Players Vie for Spots to NCS 14.1 and 9-Ball Nationals

The weekend of April 25-26 saw three National Championship Series (NCS) qualifiers take place, two in 14.1 Continuous and one in 9-Ball.
Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento, CA hosted a 14.1 qualifier and top local favorite Frank Nordmann Jr. edged out Robert Aldana by a mere 6 points to win the spot to the NCS 14.1 Continuous National Championship being held July 31 – August 2 at Comet Billiards.
Across the nation the memorably named pool room, the Ryno Room, hosted Sunday April 26 a 14.1 qualifier. The NCS qualifier portion was part of a three day annual tournament called the Ryno Cup which featured 8-ball, one pocket and 14.1. Mark Ritter took a domineering victory over Brian Artrip 100-14 and too will be heading to Comet the end of July for the NCS national event.
In addition to 14.1, NCS qualifiers in 9 and 10 ball are also scheduled. Golden Fleece Billiards in Kenmore, Washington hosted a field of 45 players in the first NCS 9 ball qualifier in the Pacific Northwest. Jim Conway and Damien Deng won the two spots to the NCS 9-Ball National Championship. The dates and details of the NCS 9 and 10 ball national tournament will be held in the early fall in Las Vegas. Details about the Las Vegas 9 and 10 ball NCS national events will be announced soon.
The NCS is a series of U.S national championships in five cue disciplines: 8-Ball, 9-Ball, 10-Ball, 14.1 Continuous, and One Pocket.
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CueSports International is the parent company of the BCA Pool League (BCAPL), the National Championship Series (NCS), USA Pool League (USAPL) and produces the Jay Swanson Memorial, the U.S Bar Table Championships (USBTC) and the new Shootout at The Sands scheduled August 2009.